The Fairy Jobmother

Common Sense Media says

Career coach offers a reality check to the unemployed.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The series non-judgmentally looks at some of the realities about the financial and psychological impact of unemployment, as well as the responsibility people must take for finding work.

Positive role models

Hayley Taylor offers some tough advice, but it is intended to help people find jobs, become financially independent, and feel better about themselves.

Violence

The stress that comes with being unemployed sometimes leads to people yelling at their kids or arguing with their spouses.

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Language

Words like “crap” are occasionally audible.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

References are made to smoking cigarettes; cigarette boxes are occasionally visible. 

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this series features a career coach offering some non-judgmental, but tough advice to unemployed people. It underscores the difficult financial and psychological impact being out of work can have on families, but offers some concrete advice on how to go about finding a job. Welfare is looked at as something that should be temporary, and not relied upon for long-term survival. The show contains occasional iffy language (“crap”), and sometimes stressed-out parents yell at their children or at each other. Families may find watching the series a good way to address some of their concerns about jobs and the economy.

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What's the story?

THE FAIRY JOBMOTHER highlights the impact unemployment has on families, and the things that job seekers should be doing to find work. British career specialist Hayley Taylor travels around the United States visiting families who find themselves short on cash, motivation, and self-esteem because the family providers are jobless. After observing the family’s habits, she offers a no-nonsense critique of their behavior, and underscores how it impacts the provider’s ability to find employment. She also offers practical tips on ways to keep job skills sharp, pounding the pavement, and giving a good interview. In the end, the people she works with may not always get the jobs they apply for, but the effort they put into finding work always leads to unexpected pay offs.

Is it any good?

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The unscripted series, which is based on the British reality series of the same name, successfully demonstrates how people can empower themselves to find work even in the worst of economic circumstances. It also shows how doing things like keeping a tidy house and volunteering can help avoid the inactivity and depression that often results from being out of work for too long.

Taylor doesn’t criticize people for being on welfare, nor does she discuss things like medical insurance and other benefits that people are forced to do without when they are out of work. But she does encourage people to stay focused on what they need to do to become financially independent. She also sends the clear message that while it may not be a person’s fault that they are laid off or have lost a job, they must take full responsibility for finding one.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the impact unemployment can have on someone’s family. What kind of stress gets put on a family when a parent loses a job? Kids: Are you worried about what would happen if your parents lose their jobs? Parents: How can you address some of kids' concerns?

  • What are some of the common stereotypes about people who are unemployed? Do you think this series contradicts some of these stereotypes? If so, how?

TV details

Cast:Hayley Taylor
Network:Lifetime Television
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-PG

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Teen, 14 years old Written bystripesanddots November 6, 2010
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I love this show! Hayley helps people who are unemployed become prepared to apply for jobs and (hopefully) get hired. Very entertaining and inspiring.
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